Friday, 31 January 2020
Changing Your Space Without Changing Your Address


You had a list of "must haves" when you started searching for a home.  Then you realized that you would have to make some compromises since no home checked all of your boxes.  You managed to get most of what you wanted but maybe the number of rooms or layout wasn't exactly what you had in mind.  Or, you found the exact space you were looking for that checked all the boxes at the time you purchased your home, but now your life circumstances have changed and you find yourself with an extra room or space that no longer serves your needs.  Just because you may not be able to move right now does not mean you can't have a version of your dream home at your current address.

There are plenty of ways to reconfigure spaces to give your home new functionality.  Work with what you have and start by decluttering the space you would like to change so you can start with a blank canvas and put your new plan into motion.

Many people now have flexible work schedules where working from home has become an option.  If you normally work on a laptop set up on your dining room table, you might enjoy a having a home office in a small space that is rarely used but might offer great privacy.  Do you enjoy sewing, crafting or painting?  Creating a craft room or space can help keep you on track with your hobby because you won't have to clean up everything every time you want to work on a project.  Extra space can be turned into a home gym saving you money on memberships if you already have some equipment stored in various locations throughout your home.  You may use those items much more often if they are all in one area.  This space could also provide a place for yoga or meditation.

Your "dream" home is a concept that will change many times over the course of home ownership.  If you keep an open mind and experiment with new ideas and configurations you just might re-create your new "dream" home concept at your current address. If you've tried these things and you realize you just need more space, call me I'll be happy to help. Happy New Year!

..."You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265 (more Blogs & Listings)

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 01/31/2020 6:43 AM by jarod tanksley
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Pro & Cons of existing homes

Recently, I met some friends who have lived in the same home for 20 - 30 years.  I actually think it's neat that they are still in the same home.  Some of my friends have parents who have moved to senior living communities and they purchased the parents' home and are living in their childhood home with their growing families.  I am sure lots of improvements have been done over the years and repairs as needed.  Many older homes are in GREAT locations with bigger lots and while newer homes are more modern they are usually on smaller lots and are a little farther out away from city centers.

In other situations, some people move more frequently from one home to the next because of family circumstances or career changes.  In most of these situations, living in a home for even a few years allows them to become accustomed to defects that are not really a problem for them, but for a new buyer may present an issue.  Too many small items could add up and actually be a deal breaker.  Although they may be small and incidental issues to the seller, those possible repair dollars add up to a buyer.  

If you and your family live in a house long enough​, there may be items ​that need to be repaired that you haven't considered because you have gotten used to working around the problem.  For instance, a sticky door or broken lock seems like a very small issue.  Maybe the door company no longer exists or you are unable to find replacement parts or locks.  I would suggest getting a home inspection before your home hits the market to benefit both sides of a future deal.  I assess each listing and when necessary, and I will provide this option as part of my professional service on older listings to help the homeowner avoid any surprises.

I am always here to help you in your quest for buying and selling.... "You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley



Brentview Realty


Posted on 01/29/2020 5:25 PM by jarod tanksley
Thursday, 16 January 2020
Let there be Light...


Lighting is an important aspect of your home’s interior design.  It is not only functional but can be mood-altering!  Just think about the last time the power went off or when you were sleeping in a dark room and someone turned on an overhead light!  Light is an important element of comfort in your home, especially this time of year when days are still short and the sunlight is sparse.  Light is not just important to you and the creatures living in your home but also to the decor you have carefully chosen to make your house a home.  Without the proper lighting, even the most perfect paint color will appear drab and the textures and finishes of special woods, fabrics and rugs may seem ordinary. 

The right kind of lighting can make a small space appear cozy instead of cramped.  Having too much light is often just as problematic as too little, especially in smaller spaces and from only one light source.  If you build a new home the lighting options seem endless.  You can plan your window and fixture placements to support a variety of lighting schemes to enhance workspaces, highlight artwork and architectural features.  Well placed skylights or solar tubes can provide wonderful natural accent lighting to a space for maximum relaxation, especially in the morning or evening.

If a construction project is not in your future, there are a variety of options to work with your current windows, doors and fixtures.  Most light fixtures can be replaced fairly easily, especially if they are small.  Globes on ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures or pendants can be swapped out to create a new look and feel without breaking the bank!  You can also just change a bulb for a different “temperature.”  Some bulbs are “cool” or “warm” and have descriptors like “daylight” or “natural”.  Many home improvement stores have displays that show differences in bulbs before you purchase and some even have dimmer switches set up so you can see how the light looks at different levels of brightness.  Changing bulbs is an inexpensive way to completely change the look and feel of a space.  You can also layer lighting in a space by using a combination of ceiling or wall-mounted sconces along with floor or table lamps.  If you are looking for an inexpensive way to put a fresh twist on a space in your home, start with the lights.


....."You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265 (Blogs and Listings)

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 01/16/2020 8:08 AM by Jarod Tanksley